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'Awkward.' fan react: Lissa turns Lululemons into lemonade

Season 5 | Episode 20 | “Misadventures in Babysitting” | Aired May 3, 2016

After weeks and weeks of dissecting the Jenna and Matty of it all, it’s time to let that roller coaster ride and shine some light on the characters on the periphery of Awkward. who are falling into awkward situations of their own.

Specifically, we need to talk about Lissa Miller.

Two weeks back, Lissa dumped Jake for not being ambitious enough to fulfill her trophy-wife desires. Fast forward to “Misadventures in Babysitting,” and she’s getting one hell of a rude awakening about the sorrows of settling.

Lissa’s mother, who parted with Lissa’s father after he came out early in the series, has recently been courted by a [insert six-figure-income career-type here] who’s more dud than stud. We know that Lissa wants to be a Palos Hills mom. We know that she wants an easy life filled with money and Mai Tais by the pool at the country club. But after her mother accepts a proposal in order to climb the rungs of the all-important social ladder, does Lissa still really want a shallow kind of life?

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When all you’ve been told in life is to turn your Lululemons into lemonade, what else could you aspire to? Lissa’s mother has told her just this, to wear her yoga pants with pride and marry for money. And she fell under the spell long enough to take it to heart and seek that life as her truth. But when you stare “settling” dead in the eyes, the icy coating you’d been building around your emotions instantly thaws.

Sitting at a table with a man she barely knows and his son, Lissa watches her mother get engaged to a man simply because he’s a means to an end. Miraculously out of character, Lissa protests her mother’s decision. Isn’t this too soon? Isn’t marriage for love? Isn’t a Lululemon unable to be pressed into juice? (Okay, let’s give Lissa some credit. Even she understood the metaphor.)

It’s like Lissa was slapped in the face by cold, hard reality. It’s like she caught the third act of her 40s and walked right out of the theater demanding a refund. It’s like she woke up from the Disney-daubed fever dream she has floated through since she was four. Finally, she’s run face first into the shiny, plastic world of Palos Hills.

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Similarly, Tamara grapples with the fickle and fraught business of fostering an upper-class persona. Because when you’re insecure and/or disappointed with who you are, putting on a new personality flicks on as easily as a light switch. It’s a defense mechanism. It’s a crutch.

And Lissa is insecure with — and certainly disappointed by — who she is. Sure, she’s a gorgeous girl with hair on par with Lauren Conrad’s, but she has been instructed to lean on beauty, to lean on the characteristics her superficial community and upbringing deem valuable. She may not have been aware that she was using a crutch, but in a fluster storm of begging Jake for forgiveness, she’s one hot identity-crisis mess.

Who is Lissa Miller without prepping for a pampered Palos Hills mom future? Who is Lissa Miller without college? Who is Lissa Miller without a man or a mom by her side?

Even more than I want more scenes of Beau Mirchoff holding babies shirtless (that really put the awww in Awkward.), I want Lissa to fight for the future she wants. I want her to find the future she wants. Lissa has long been the underutilized one-note side character exploited for her ditziness, but Greer Grammer has brought such levity to Lissa’s latest bout of confusion. It seems Lissa and Awkward. are realizing she’s so much more than a bubbly blonde with an affinity for Christianity and cheerleading.

For Lissa Miller, those Lululemons don’t have chance in hell. She’ll turn them into the best damn lemonade any of those day-drinking Palos Hills moms have ever spiked with vodka.

Awkward. airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on MTV.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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